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on the u.s. consulate in benghazi this past september 11 wasn't just a mob action." evidence is growing that the murder of ambassador chris stevens was planned and targeted. in new york today the president of libya met with secretary of state clinton at the united nations. he said that the libyan people had lost a friend. a year ago in libya a bunch of ragtag militias overthrew the dictator moammar qaddafi and it's one of those militias that's suspected in the attack on the americans. that attack was apparently the last straw for the people in benghazi. elizabeth palmer reports the citizens there have risen up to throw them t militias out. >> reporter: furious citizens took matters into their own hands. on friday night, crowds overran bases controlled by extremist militias in benghazi and drove them out. by dawn, three bases were just burned-out shells. during the battle to topple colonel qaddafi last year these same men were seen as heroes. but since then many have set themselves up as vigilantes. operating from bases like this one which, after the militias fled on friday night, was se
, the administration's stance, for example, on what exactly happened in benghazi has recently changed. i wonder how that might impact this debate. >> i would be shocked if there wasn't some questioning from that either from the moderators or at least perhaps some attention drawn to it by mitt romney. this is a huge issue for the president, is his policy working in north africa, in the middle east? what happened there? did the administration tell the truth? if they didn't tell the truth, why didn't they tell the truth? i absolutely expect this to be part of the debate. the idea that the president is somehow not practiced to speak in public or engage in public debate baugs he hasn't had more than a few days in nevada to prepare is a little ridiculous. >> jonathan, with obama's lead widening in the polls, how important are these debates in your view for romney? more specifically, how important is the first debate? >> each of these debates is an opportunity for romney to try to shake up the race. if you look at the polling in pretty much every swing state right now, there are a couple of exceptions, mi
in benghazi but secretary clinton will give a classified account of the attacks on the u.s. consulate in libya. witnesses tell cbs news that there was never an anti-american protest outside of the consulate. instead they say it came under planned attack. that's in direct contradiction to the administration's account of the incident. it comes at a time when there are calls for more information from capitol hill and complaints that the administration has not been forthright. >> i'm just stunned and appalled that there wasn't better security for all of the american personnel at that consulate given the high threat environment. >> reporter: now, under law state must establish a panel to investigate the attacks, report to congress within 60 days. today secretary of state hillary clinton will outline what she is and is not willing to share. what's clear, charlie is that the public won't get a detailed account of what happened until after the presidential election. >> margaret, brennan thank you. john miller is with us. good morning. who is this man? >> he's a former al qaeda member who was in guanta
is in benghazi this morning. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. well it's a quiet morning in benghazi but that's an uneasy quiet after this citizens protest against the parra military overnight turned into a violent showdown. it started as a simple protest. the people of benghazi coming together to send a message to the armed groups who control their city, and who attacked america's consulate ten days ago killing ambassador chris stevens. the message is we had enough. overhead libya's military showed support for the crowd. things remained peaceful until after dark when core groups of protesters decided to enforce their message. they besieged several of the militia bases that dot the city and pushed them out. then they got into their cars and headed out to the suburbs to the main parra military base and that's when things got ugly. in the case of forced entry, looting and the militia fighters melting away into the night there was shooting in all directions. there were casualties, that much is clear but we still don't know how many were wounded or killed. now we just learned
. the department wouldn't say whether there had been a threat. earlier this month, the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, was attacked and burned, and ambassador chris stevens and three other americans were killed. that attack took place amid violent protests that broke out over an internet movie that ridiculed islam. well, late today, the filmmaker, was arrested in los angeles. federal prosecutors say that by uploading the film on the internet, he violated the terms of his probation on a previous check fraud conviction. iowa kicked off the primary and caucus season. well, today it became th first battleground state to in the general election. at least 400,000 iowans are expected to vote before election day, november 6. in other battleground states, voting begins in colorado october 22, more than two million people are expected to cast early ballots there. in florida, balloting starts october 27 with more than four million early voters expected. john dickerson is in our washington bureau. he's our political director. and, john, i wonder what impact does all this early voting have on the campaigns
this morning over the attack on the american consulate in benghazi libya. on wednesday, secretary of state hillary clinton seemed to suggest for the first time that al qaeda was behind the attacks that killed the american ambassador to libya but this morning the state department is saying hold on. margaret brennan is here with us. this is an example where the state department does not like the story that's on the front page of the papers today. >> she do not. the secretary gave a speech about mali. two references to al qaeda. because of that the "new york times" wrote this story saying she is linking the two. senior aides to secretary of state say she absolutely does not have the evidence to assert that link right now. remember the fbi has to make this determination. they are still not in benghazi. state department will say, those that al qaeda and aqim is active in the region. there's arms coming from mali into libya and this is one of the countries where you have a new government that isn't in fully control of security in the area. >> they don't have the evidence, they are waiting for th
that the libyan government is very reluctant to have a team of a couple of dozen fbi people going to benghazi, when the only people they could get to protect them are militias, and they know that the crime scene is long ago compromised, trampled through. it may or may not yield anything terribly important and if it does, if will yield it later. it is a difficult situation. >> any more information on the question of how much this may have been a preplanned attack? >> there is. and i think you have kind of put your thumb on the pulse of the problem there. in -- in these groups, we look for -- we want a wiring diagram, an organized picture, with al qaeda who ordered it. this group assisted. the problem is, the lines have blurred between these groups and their members. an sawar sharia are popping up in all of these countries. not al qaeda, but they are reading from the al qaeda narrative and they are influenced by formerly influential extremists in al qaeda. the actual truth, the picture isn't that clear, but we can piece it together and it's not satisfying the people who you can attach this atta
there they say is off limits because of an intelligence matter. according to the fbi isn't even in benghazi yet. they haven't secured that site is how journalists can wander through. >> the "new york times" reporting a major story attack in libya was a major blow to cia efforts, that was an important place and they were watching some important terrorist activity and those cia agents have been compromised in terms of their ability to do what they wanted to do. >> i'm sure there are many agencies active in that area, so responsibility for security for the ambassador and his staff falls on diplomatic security which is part of the state department, which is why they are under fire and why there's so much pressure to fill in some of the blanks. journalists are trying to do that. the state department has to produce a report in 60 days to congress. it's not clear how detailed that information will be. >> a lot more news. >>> southern california firefighters are battling two fast-moving wildfires. one near los angeles and east of san diego near the mexican border on the campo indian reservation. no inj
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